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Literally

Literally in a literal manner word for word literally translated actually without exaggeration or inaccuracy the platoon was literally wiped out in the explosion. Not to be confused with actually an actual or existing fact really genuinely, without exaggeration the deceased was actually frightened to death.

Not to be confused with figuratively, as this is the complete opposite.

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Literally | Definition of Literally at Dictionary.com

Since the early 19th century, literally has been widely used as an intensifier meaning in effect, virtually, a sense that contradicts the earlier meaning actually, without exaggeration the senator was literally buried alive in the iowa primaries.

  literally, i was (what he often called me) the apple of his eye. Newportonian gives his favourite, his local newspaper reporting on the perilous position of a local dairy farmer with the price.

  since the early 20th century, literally has been widely used as an intensifier meaning in effect, virtually, a sense that contradicts the earlier meaning actually, without exaggeration the senator was literally buried alive in the iowa primaries. The parties were literally trading horses in an effort to reach a compromise.

Literally, the wrong use of the word | UK news ...

In its standard use literally means in a literal sense, as opposed to a non-literal or exaggerated sense, as for example in i told him i never wanted to see him again, but i didnt expect him to take it literally. In recent years an extended use of literally (and also literal) has become very common, where literally (or literal) is used deliberately in non-literal contexts, for added.

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